OKLAHOMA CITY – Thirty-eight organizations were awarded Aerospace and Aviation Education Program grants or contracts totaling over $330,000 from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC). The record amount of funding will be used to encourage more of Oklahoma’s students to enter STEM careers, particularly those in aerospace and aviation. The funding was approved by the Commission at its most recent meeting.

The Commission approved an education grant for McAlester High School’s “Aerospace Engineering” program. The program is an aerospace education program designed by McAlester Public Schools to expose students to the aviation industry and to the skills necessary to acquire private pilot certification.

McAlester High School is in its third year of implementation of the AOPA High School Aviation Curriculum. It is estimated that 50 students

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